Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February at Quilt Company East Quilt Guild

The February newsletter has been emailed to all members!

Here are some highlights:

President's Address:

Dear Quilt Lovers, Hearts a flutter? It's that time of the yearšŸ’šŸ’šŸ’šŸ’-for reaching out with love to family and friends, doing community outreach projects and packing for retreat. How exciting for us all, givers and receivers. Speaking of hearts, I invite all to wear something RED to our next meeting in honor of Heart Health Month. Let's celebrate together all beating and loving hearts. Here's to Love-ly times ahead. Donna

2016 Guild meetings:
FEBRUARY MEETING 2/15/2016 at Beulah Church
The tradition continues and we will be using this meeting to help with Community Quilts. We will use this time to prepare quilt packets for volunteers to take home and finish. Hopefully it will also be a time to meet new members and catch up with old friends.

We need fabric, so as you go through your stash to get projects ready for the retreat, take some time to identify any fabric that has no immediate project. Please bring large pieces- fat quarters or bigger. We will also have a bag to collect scraps. Please sort into lights and darks.

Those who plan on attending please bring cutting mats and rotary cutters. If you have an Accuquilt cutter or any other tool that makes the cutting faster and more accurate, please bring it.
We will cut the fabric into pieces that can then be packed into kits. We will discuss some of the patterns that we are suggesting. Of course everyone is welcome to make a quilt at home or bring a top that you are not sure that you will really use. We will finish it. We will even take orphan blocks and give them a wonderful home!

Please participate in “Little Dresses for Africa” Patterns will be available at February meeting or can be found at
We will collect dresses at March meeting - Thanking you all in anticipation of your generosity and participation.

MARCH Meeting 3/21/2016; Karen Kay Buckley
March 21 – Karen Kay Buckley to Lecture on “To Border or not to Border” 7:30 pm
With over 300 quilts to her credit, and her personal work has received numerous awards; nine Best of Show awards, including the 2013 Best of Show at the American Quilter’s Association Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Voted teacher of the year by the PROFESSIONAL QUILTER MAGAZINE in 1997. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and calendars.” I have fourteen cover quilts, one was chosen by Senator Wofford’s wife to be placed on display in the U. S. Capitol in 1992, and another was chosen for the same display in 1993; also appeared on Simply Quilts and AQS show American Quilter.”

March 22 – Workshop – Karen Kay Buckley “Mexican Fiesta Block”
– First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 4:30 pm. Limited to first 25 sign ups.
Cost of workshop to the members of the guild; $65.00, non-members $75.00.
Fee payable to Karen Kay Buckley for her pattern and supply kit; $24.00
Supply list here
During my visits to Mexico I was influenced by the designs and colors of their handmade pottery and the flora. I designed a large quilt called “Fiesta Mexico” and this is one of the blocks from that quilt. For this 3 hour workshop I added a wonderful border to the 10” square center block. In addition to learning to appliquĆ© smooth curves and sharp points you will also learn to create and appliquĆ© perfect ¼” strips and perfect circles of differing sizes. I will make your hand appliquĆ© fun, easy and enjoyable.
PATTERN PLUS FEE: $24.00 (Does not include fabric) It does include the full Fiesta Mexico pattern (12 patterns in all), 2 sheets of Templar, a brush, the border pattern, glue pen and 5 pages of border instructions.
SUPPLIES Package of Perfect Circles™ Scissors, both paper and fabric Small sharp pins to position appliquĆ© Fabric markers Pencil Emery board Sandpaper-optional Tape Iron and pressing board FABRIC White background fabric 12” x 12 4 green fat quarters 2 pink fat quarters 3 gold/orange fat quarters 5 blue shades, scraps
I will have the Perfect Circles available to purchase in class, at a discounted price, if you don’t already have them. I will be providing each student with one of my favorite needles and the use of my favorite appliquĆ© threads.

April Meeting 4/18/2016– Vikki Pignatelli
April 18– Vikki Pignatelli to lecture on “Lecture Interpretations of a Nature Lover”
She is the author of two books featuring this technique, "Quilting Curves” (Quilt Digest Press, 2001) and “Quilting by Improvisation” (Dragon Threads, 2006). Also, Vikki has written “how-to” articles published in Quilting Arts, Quilter’s Newsletter, and AQS magazines.
Vikki also founded the national biennial Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibitions in 1999. She and chairwoman, Wendy Bynner, developed the vision for the two-week display of original artwork that explores themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, healing and grief. The show is now held in Herndon, VA, outside Washington, D.C.
April 19– Workshop -- Vikki Pignatelli – “Crazy About Curves”
First Baptist Church of Monroeville, 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Cost to guild members; $37.50, non-members $42.50.

Supply list to follow shortly.
In this class students will quickly master the basic concepts of Vikki’s flexible, “no rules”, “no fear” Crazy about Curves technique using a small, simple teaching pattern (complimentary). With this method, a meld of piecing and machine appliquĆ©, students learn to create even sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly without the hassle. There are NO measuring seam allowances, NO easing together unruly seams and NO matching points. All construction work, color choices and stitching are done on the quilt top surface. This is a very simple, anyone-can-do technique suitable for all skill levels.
Workshop emphasis is on creativity, inspiration and self-confidence for the quilter. Students work at their own pace. Class includes: Basic construction technique concepts; How to machine sew using this technique; Painless mitering; Splicing seams; How to finish techniques and ideas; Vikki’s whole-cloth finishing techniques.

May Meeting 5/16/2016– Amy Winsor
May 16 – Amy Winsor to lecture “Confessions of a Precision Impaired Quilter”
Her first book, Frazzled Fancies Quilts, and first pattern, Good Neighbors, were published December 2014, and are now available on her etsy shop, She teaches nationally, and enthusiastically encourages her students to find the techniques they enjoy most, and to spend their quilting time frolicking in the fabric instead of stressing out.
May 17 – Amy Winsor workshop custom designed for our guild, a combination of Playtime Neighborhood Houses for the “Precision Impaired and Curved” piecing and borders. First Baptist Church of Monroeville, – 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Cost of workshop to guild members; $35.00, non-members $40.00. You will learn to use fusible webbing, fabric, embroidery and numerous embellishment to make houses, and how to use them in whimsical quilts. You will see numerous examples from Amy’s quilts. Also, learn how to make Amy’s “Haphazard Piecing” for the background. You will create several fusible appliquĆ© houses of your own design.

Create whimsical houses using no rulers or patterns while you learn to do curved piecing. Each unique house, with several surrounding borders, will be cut freehand with gentle curves using your rotary cutter. Great embellishments (such as fusible windows, beading, couching, and yoyos) and creative machine quilting designs (such as bricks, grass, and sky) will be demonstrated. Sewing machine required (Straight stitch is all you need for piecing.)
Amy Winsor Supply List REQUIRED  Sewing machine , extra machine needles  Basic sewing supplies, thread, bobbins, pins, seam ripper  Rotary cutter, rotary mat (every person should bring these)
Fabric (see instructions below)
(Classroom must have iron, ironing board)
Instructions for Choosing Fabrics (Please bring only good-quality quilting cottons. Other types fray too much Chalk marker (preferred) or disappearing wash-out marker
All fabric measurements are approximations. The bigger the pieces, the more free you will feel because you won’t be worrying you will run out. Bring an abundance of fabrics that appear “solid”, but also include several stripes, polka dots, or wild or busy prints. When choosing your borders, remember that each border must have a high contrast in color with the borders on either side of it. For example, if your sky is light, the first border is dark, second border is light, outer background is dark.
The following is the bare minimum that you would need. (It is better to bring more.) 
  • At least 8 inch square for house 
  • At least 12 inch square for roof
  • 1/3 yard or Fat quarter for sky
  • At least 14” x 6” for grass
  • 1/4 to 1/2 yd. for first border (not a fat quarter- must be long)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 yd. for second border (not a fat quarter-must be long)

Events and Shows:
March 4, 5, 6, 2016 David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA Information from Anne Fields Greetings, I had the pleasure of attending a guild meeting today and many of the Guild members at the Modern Quilt guild did not know that at the combined Pittsburgh Creative Arts and Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, we were offering classes, demos and vendors in sewing, quilting, long arm quilting and a Creative Open Studio, a play space for quilters! (In this open studio/play room, we invite you to try out sergers, long-arm quilters, embroidery machines, state-of-the-art sewing machines, felting machines, FeltLOOM®, embellishers, the latest cutting tools, etc. All materials (fabrics, yarns, fibers, threads, recycled materials and embellishments) will be provided for you in a secret bag to make one twelve-inch block. Your creative artistry will be tested when you sit down to work with materials you might not have typically selected to work with. Test your skills, challenge yourself to come up with the most Creative Block to win one of the many prizes we’ll have from our sponsors. 3 lucky winners will receive a 1 year subscription to Creativebug!) I offered the Modern Quilt guild a discount for classes and would like to offer the same to your guild. Won't you please pass this along, perhaps in the form of an email if you won't be having a meeting in the next 2 weeks. If your guild is interested in having a quilt on display at the festival, please let us know. All members of the Quilt Company East Quilt Guild may take 5.00 off any class at the Festival, March, 4, 5, 6 and take 10% off their admission. (Please note, seniors may attend on Sunday for only 5.00). All classes are listed at: Many of your favorite stores will be on hand with specials selling fabrics, machines and items needed to enhance your creativity. See a full list of all vendors: Sponsors include Babylock, Janome, Brother, OttLite, Sizzix, Innova Longarm, FeltLOOM, and many more. Fabric bundles for the 1st 500 sewers and quilters at the door. (knitting and crochet door related prizes too) Grand prize Janome machine for one lucky winner. Any registration with a coupon must be sent in via mail in registration and please write QCEQG at the top and deduct your amount from the total. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. With Warm Regards, Barb Grossman and Ann Szilagyi Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet & Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival 412.963.7030

Changing Seasons: The Quilts of Ginnie Allmendinger Leiner Part 2: February 3, 2016 - May 27, 2016 Hours: • Closed Monday • Tuesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.• Wednesday Evening 6:30. The McCarl Gallery is free and open to the public The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery • Saint Vincent College • 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA15650
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ March 16-19, 2016
Join Us at the 2016
Lancaster Quilt Show
@ The Continental Inn
The Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Hwy Lancaster, PA 17602 * We are not affiliated with the AQS Show Shuttle Service to the AQS Show $2 each way
Wed – Fri 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. _______________________________________________________________
2016 Annual Quilt Show Theme: Flowers The Circuit Center South Side Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Thursday, March 17; Friday, March 18; Saturday, March 19
DEADLINE for entries: Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sep 10-11, 2016 -- Fourth Annual Saxonburg Quilt Show during the Saxonburg Festival of the Arts Show . . at St. Luke's Centennial Hall behind the church, 110 State Street, Saxonburg, PA 16056 . . 10AM-5PM Saturday and 12PM-5PM Sunday . . Free admission to the quilt displays, vendors, raffles . . For more information call Betty Learn 724-352-2651,


Mini Group News and Progress Reports

Community Quilts will meet February 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM- 12PM at the Monroeville Library. We will make more blocks to finish the quilt that was started in January. This is open to all, newbies, old pros and those that just want to sew. So come and build a quilt with us. If you saw Adrienne Hunter’s quilt at the Quilt Show then you know what block we are working on.
Questions: Sally Martin -

Appliques Group:
The applique group meets the first Monday of each month from 7 pm until 9 pm at Creative Stitches CafƩ in Monroeville. Our next meeting will be March 7, 2016, when guild member Karen Womack will be sharing information on fusible applique. In April, Amy Mayberry will be teaching how to create several types of three-dimensional flowers. Judy Smith plans on leading our meeting in May, and Janet Sutton will be teaching her class on making perfect circles in June. Watch the newsletter and your email for more information about upcoming meetings. If you would like more information, or to be added to the email list, please contact Amy Mayberry ( We hope you can join us!

Machine Embroidery Interest Group There is an Embroidery Interest Group. The purpose of the group is to keep track of members that own embroidery machines. I will send out information on classes, new techniques, software and others of interest. There will be no formal meetings. Communication will be online among members of the group. I am encouraging all to contribute ideas. Everyone that signs up will receive a list that includes member’s names, phone numbers and types of machines they own.
Elmira Sizemore Elmirasizemore@

Mod Squad newsletter:
Julia announced to the group that Mod Squad will need a new coordinator by June 2016. Please let Julia know of your interest in taking over or your nomination of one or more individuals.
Mod Squad is a subgroup of QCE interested in furthering and sharing their development of modern quilting design and sewing skills. We meet on the second Saturday of each month on the lower floor of the Monroeville Library from 1-4pm. Current members of the group have assembled a series of presentations for each month. Those labeled “Workshop” (below) will involve actual sewing and you will be encouraged to bring your fabrics, machine and tools. Other months will involve demonstrations and instruction. Our meetings always involve a show-and-tell, sharing of interests, problem-solving and are often loosely structured. There is no obligation to participate in any of the projects and some Mod Squad quilters may simply wish to bring and work on their own projects. Hank is not expected to be sending monthly emails about Mod Squad to the entire guild this year. If you wish to be informed, check the newsletter the month before a scheduled meeting, hold onto this schedule and, best of all, email Julie to have your name placed on the mailing list ( If you wish to learn more feel free to contact Julie (412-371-0513) or any current members of the group.

February 13, 2016
Curvy Strips/Free-form cutting
Sally Janis
Sewing machine

Creative Quilters: The Creative Quilters group meets each month at The New Covenant Church, 2500 Grandview Ave., Monroeville, Pa. 15146 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month. The dates for this year include:
February 24, 2016 - March 30, 2016  - April 27, 2016 - May 25, 2016  - June 29, 2016
At our meetings, members share recent works, various techniques, and resources. We participate in ongoing challenges using different themes and techniques. This year we expect to participate in lessons involving screen printing, curved piecing and other interesting methods we can apply to fabrics.
We encourage all guild members to come and share ideas with us! See what fun you can have with some different approaches to quilting and sewing.
If you would like to be added to the email notification list, please send an email to Marlene Fenoglietto at

Final update from the Quilt Show Interesting statistics from the 2015 Quilt show $2176 was paid by 321 people attending the show. $1450 was earned from vendor fees and paid advertisements. $927 in quilt raffle tickets were sold at the show; $642 in quilt raffle tickets were sold before the show. The profit, minus expenses, earned on the raffle quilt was $1354.16. $842 in machines and basket raffle tickets were sold at the show. $1607.50 of boutique items were sold. QCE received $833.50 in commissions and donations. $98 was earned from baked goods and drinks. $3757 was the approximate total of expenses. $3700 approximate gross profit was earned by the quilt show. THANK YOU to everyone who worked to make the show a success! Janet Sutton

Treasure’s Report February 2016 The amount of cash on hand for February = $21,324.57
Respectfully Submitted, Debbie Frick, Treasurer

Quilt Company East
Guild meeting minutes
December 21, 2015

Meeting called to order at 6:30PM
Donna announced that the QCE banner is back!
Donna asked those that had made a list of their UFO'S to come up and attached them to the podium to see who had the longest list.
A buffet dinner was served with ham and chicken and lots of side dishes which were all yummy.
Donna announced that the magician that was to present the Magic of Christmas had magically disappeared. And could not be located.
Donna announced the nominating committee for 2016 are Westland Davis, Agnes Porapotic, and Judy Murray, who will be looking for a vice present and a treasurer for the 2016-2018 term.
Name tag drawing was won by Patty Maloney.
Donna announced that Rhonda had the longest list of UFO's and received a gift. Hopefully she will be able to complete her list by the end on 2016.
Rebecca Stahl long arm quilting was published in the Better Homes and Gardens Complete
The program: Cindy from “The Stencil Company” from Tarentum, PA. She spoke about various ways to use stencils in quilting and other applications. Also spoke of marking pens and pencils and how to remove the markings from fabric.

Rebecca Stahl long arm quilting was published in the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Book of Quilting. Congratulations to Rebecca!
Show and Tell followed by socializing by the members
Merry Christmas!
Respectfully submitted,
Suzanne Luxbacher

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please post questions and comments! All questions will be answered privately if you provide an email address. Please consider being a 'follower' so you won't miss a post!